And breath. The smell of freshly cut grass is one of the gorgeous scents of summer.
Perhaps that’s a psychological trick. That smell reminds us of long, lazy, hot summers as children, running barefoot across a lawn, without a care in the world.
That’s why we often recoil when setting eyes on a patchy, dry unloved lawn. What happened to the grass over those dark winter months?
Well, it’s time to get it transformed and return to a bright green, luxurious carpet of fresh, gorgeous grass. Here are our low-budget recommendations for growing a green lawn.
If money were no object, one of our top green grass tips would be to recommend a sprinkler.
Regular water is the most important thing you can do for perfect grass. But you can still get that same healthy lawn at a fraction of the price.
Set aside some time once every two weeks to manually water your grass with a hose. Go for the early morning if you can, as it’s good to water the grass before the sun is hot.
Be generous with your watering. Work through the lawn one section at a time, ensuring each area gets a good deep soak in water.
Use Grass Fertilizer
Fertilizer won’t cost you much if you’re attempting lawn care on a budget, and it’s essential for getting that perfect garden. You’d use a fertilizer spreader in an ideal world, but you don’t have to do that if you are short on cash.
Follow a few simple rules to get the best results. First, fertilize in Spring, when the ground temperature is at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Second, use a good organic fertilizer that will help revive your grass to its former glory.
Finally, start in the corner of your garden, working backward. Take it slowly, and distribute the fertilizer across your lawn as evenly as possible. Don’t forget to wear gloves for this task.
Keep Off The Grass!
There is a reason people use these signs!
It might be a temporary inconvenience, but staying off the grass for one to two months while you are growing and treating the lawn is one of the easiest and cheapest ways you can improve the condition.
Of course, it doesn’t mean you need to avoid it permanently. Steer clear until the grass has improved.
Don’t Mow Too Short
Here is an easy but effective way to get a better lawn. Change the setting on your lawnmower to cut the grass to around two to three inches. Most people cut their grass shorter than this.
Longer grass will look better, and it will keep the lawn in good condition. Another helpful budget-friendly tip: leave your cuttings on the lawn after mowing. They make the ideal natural fertilizer.
A Beautiful Green Lawn Isn’t Expensive
You might think only professional gardeners can achieve the perfect green lawn appearance, but that’s not true. Any homeowner can get their lawn into first-class condition with time and effort, even when on a tight budget.
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